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The romance of the Stanleys: regional and national imaginings in the Percy Folio

Byrne, A. ORCID: and Flood, V. (2015) The romance of the Stanleys: regional and national imaginings in the Percy Folio. Viator, 46 (1). pp. 327-351. ISSN 0083-5897

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1484/J.VIATOR.5.103512


This article investigates a body of early Tudor poetry associated with the Stanley Earls of Derby, preserved in the Percy Folio (British Library, Additional MS 27879). It argues that the Lancashire and Cheshire authors of these poems modified strategies of national address, rooted in a historical and prophetic tradition we can trace back to Geoffrey of Monmouth, to construct a clear regional identity centred on the dynastic mythology of the Stanley family. The Galfridian Stanley-ite mythology of this period presents a significant counterpart to contemporary political historical and prophetic treatments of the Tudor accession. This provides an important new literary-historical context for our understanding of the Percy Folio romance "The Turke and Sir Gawain".

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies (GCMS)
Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Literature and Languages > English Literature
ID Code:63945

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